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Celebrating mass on the seventh anniversary of his visit to Lampedusa, Francis again decries "globalization of indifference". “War, of course, is bad, we know it, but we can't imagine the hell people live there, in those detention camps. And these people only came with hope to cross the sea."

 

| 08/07/2020
| VATICAN

At a press conference titled “Preparing the future, building peace in the time of COVID-19,” Card Turkson said: “As the world takes emergency measures to address a global pandemic and a global economic recession, both underpinned by a global climate emergency, we must also consider the implications for peace of these interconnected crises.”

| 07/07/2020
| VATICAN

The United States did not provide sufficient "evidence" of threat of an impending attack. Agnes Callamard reports the operation violates the United Nations Charter, but the international community has remained largely silent. Soleimani did not pose a threat to the US and the rest of the world.

| 07/07/2020
| IRAN - UNITED STATES - UN
by Fady Noun

In his Sunday homily, Card al-Rahi laid out the bases for a new Lebanon that is sovereign and protected from foreign attacks. To this end, he addressed an appeal to the country’s political leaders, one that should not be seen as partisan. Lebanon’s foreign minister is in Rome today.

| 07/07/2020
| LEBANON

Syrians are "tired and exhausted" by the war, “revolted” by Western policies and "outraged" by sanctions. The economic crisis has been made worse by the novel coronavirus pandemic. The Blue Marists are promoting projects of support and solidarity for the weakest among local residents. Their work goes beyond the emergency.

| 06/07/2020
| SYRIA

The accident occurred mid last week and could slow down the development of advanced centrifuges for uranium enrichment. For the Tehran authorities, the cause of fire has been identified, but it is kept secret. Israeli Defense Minister: Israel is not always responsible for the incidents that occur in Iran.

 

| 06/07/2020
| IRAN

"The "solace" that Christ offers to the weary and oppressed is not only psychological relief or almsgiving, but the joy of the poor to be evangelized and builders of the new humanity. It is a message for all men of good will, which Jesus still addresses today in a world that exalts those who make themselves rich and powerful.”

| 05/07/2020
| VATICAN

Judged in absentia after Riyadh's refusal to extradite them, they include two close collaborators of the Saudi crown prince, who denies all involvement in the journalist’s murder. Turkish investigators: Eliminated for criticizing the al-Saud regime. United Nations labels Saudi process a sham trial.

| 04/07/2020
| TURKEY - SAUDI ARABIA

The Financial Intelligence Authority (AIF), the agency of the Holy See and Vatican City State charged with fighting money laundering and terrorist financing, received 64 suspicious activity reports, took action in four cases, and froze one IOR account.

| 03/07/2020
| VATICAN
by Dario Salvi

Felix Dawood al-Shabi will lead the eparchy, today distinct from that of Amadiyah on the proposal of Patriarch Sako. A strategic area for trade with Syria and Turkey, as well as being "the heart of the Chaldean world". He asks the faithful to "have courage and hope"; appeals to Western Catholics to "support their suffering brothers".

| 03/07/2020
| IRAQ - VATICAN

Secretary of State Card Pietro Parolin met with the US and Israeli ambassadors yesterday. Israel and Palestine have the right to exist and live in peace and security within internationally recognised borders.

 

| 02/07/2020
| VATICAN

The State Council has completed the documentation process. The sentence, scheduled for this morning, postponed by two weeks. Rumors of "pressure" on the Ankara government. But Erdogan wants to hold the official ceremony on July 15th, on the fourth anniversary of the failed coup.

 

| 02/07/2020
| TURKEY
by Fady Noun

The aim is to keep the flame of the 17 October protests alive. Patriarch al-Rahi urges young people to be free from sectarian and confessional restrictions. In times of crisis, people must make a common commitment to build a better home. The patriarch proposes an educational pact based on respect for diversity, fraternity and service.

| 02/07/2020
| LEBANON

The Iranian Foreign Minister intervenes in the "virtual" Security Council meeting.  A response to the US attacks and pressure for "indefinite" duration of sale ban. Tehran's head of diplomacy lists "numerous acts of US aggression". And hopes for a strong Middle East, capable of ensuring "territorial stability".

| 02/07/2020
| IRAN - UN
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National security law “threatens to undermine freedom of expression, freedom of assembly, freedom of the press and academic freedom. Freedom of religion and belief is also under threat. According to many reports, freedom of religion and belief ...
| 06/07/2020
| ASIA - HONG KONG
 
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| 03/07/2020
| VATICAN
 
by Paul Wang
The bishop emeritus of Hong Kong has no confidence in China and fears government interference in Church affairs will occur in Hong Kong. Card Tong holds a different position. For Hong Kong priest, Beijing will only allow freedom of worship, but religious ...
| 03/07/2020
| HONG KONG – CHINA
 
The State Council has completed the documentation process. The sentence, scheduled for this morning, postponed by two weeks. Rumors of "pressure" on the Ankara government. But Erdogan wants to hold the official ceremony on July 15th, on ...
| 02/07/2020
| TURKEY
 
The country has been ruled by the military for decades. A victory for Aung San Suu Kyi and her League for Democracy is expected, but not the triumph of 2015. The Lady has lost the approval of ethnic minorities and is criticized by the international community ...
| 02/07/2020
| MYANMAR
 
For Yehuda Garami, Zionism and Judaism are confused, but there is a big difference between the two. The conflict is political and “has nothing to do with religion”. For Jews, there is religious freedom and security in Iran; “we do not ...
| 23/06/2020
| IRAN – ISRAEL
 
by Wang Zhicheng
He had only been released in January. Over past 13 years Msgr. Cui Tai has spent long intervals in detention and is released only for short periods on Chinese holidays. His detention is contrary to the laws of the country. The bishop is "a sacrificial ...
| 23/06/2020
| CHINA-VATICAN
 
by Peter Tran
The diocese, which stretches along the border with China, has "the smallest number of faithful" in Vietnam’s Catholic Church, but has "huge" potential. Preaching the Gospel is not limited to the diocese, but can be done in association with the ...
| 22/06/2020
| VIETNAM
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